It’s a global clothing giant, with stores across the world, but now Rodd & Gunn is set to open its first restaurant in Australia, picking Brisbane for its flagship dining destination.
From an iconic heritage-listed spot on bustling James St, The Lodge Bar & Dining will serve local produce, fresh seafood and a 250-bottle wine list.
Internationally acclaimed, Michelin-starred chef Matt Lambert, who is in charge of the NZ restaurants will oversee the Brisbane operation, moving to Australia briefly to help set up the venue, introducing a modern, produce-driven menu heroing the best of local ingredients cooked with simplicity and elements of fire through a charcoal pit. Seafood is expected to be a particularly strong focus, as well as steaks in an elevated yet approachable offering.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s first and only master sommelier Cameron Douglas will take charge of the drinks list, showcasing multi-award-winning New Zealand wine producers, along with Australian and international drops.
The restaurant and bar will also be connected to a new Rodd & Gunn retail space, but you won’t be sitting among stacks of slacks and puffer jackets. Instead, The Lodge Bar Group executive general manager of hospitality Josh Beagley says, it will be all American oak floorboards, brass highlights, blackened steel and flagstone walls.
The Lodge will stretch across both floors of the heritage-listed, circa 1876-built Lawless Grocery Store building, with a 120-seat restaurant downstairs and a 30-seat bar with banquette seating upstairs. The bar area will also make use of the building’s wraparound verandah so punters can look down on the popular lifestyle street with a cocktail or glass of wine in hand. The fit-out is intended to capture the sense of a classic Kiwi lodge but fine-tuned for Queensland with flagstone in place of New Zealand schist.
The Lodge Bar & Dining will open on Thursday May 19.